Date: 6th January 2011 at 8:30am
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How many times have you seen the phrase “I’m a life-long Man U fan” or “I’m a die-hard Man U fan”? How many times have you cringed or rolled your eyes at such statements?

Though sometimes used in ignorance, any true fan, who learn the history of United, should know that we don’t use that phrase.

Here’s the history of why United fans should never use “Man U”

The Busby Babes, United’s home-grown players, defied objections from the Football League and became the first English team to complete for the European Cup.

In the 1958 season, The Babes triumphed in the quarter-finals of the European Cup by defeating Red Star Belgrade. On their way home, their plane attempted two take-offs before crashing on the third try.

The tragedy claimed  23 lives, including those of eight players – Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Billy Whelan – and injured several more.

The term “Man U” was thus used by rival fans to mock this tragedy.

One of the first chants that emerged was “Duncan Edward is ManUre, rotting in his grave, man you are ManUre, rotting in your grave.”

Later chants mocking the tragedy went

“Man U, Man U, went on a plane. Man U Man U never came home again.”

Or

“Man U Never Intended Coming Homing” (Combine the first letter of each word)

So please, Red Devils, let’s spread the word of not using “Man U” anymore.

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